Readers of Twilight are familiar with Bella’s perspective on things, but the only glimpse that we’ve ever gotten from Edward are things he told Bella. In this installment of the Twilight series, we view the first installment of the series in Edward’s point of view. We discover his inner thoughts and turmoils and get a glimpse of the many things he kept from Bella at first.
Okay, yes I enjoyed the book because I am forever a Twilight fan. I grew up with the series and it will always have a special place in my heart because it was there for me during a hard time in high school. However, was the book a great addition to the series and was it everything I wanted, no.
I’ve always been Team Jacob, because I love werewolves and the folklore behind them, especially in this series. I actually thought that the book would make me lean towards being Team Edward, but sadly no. All the things I didn’t really like about Edward were very much highlighted in this book. I also was bored sometimes with Edwards internal rants.
For the first 50 or so pages, I WAS SO BORED. I just found myself getting distracted, which doesn’t usually happen with books. I just couldn’t handle his constant back and forth between staying away from Bella and wanting to know everything about her. Half the time, I just wanted to shake him and say, “MAKE A DECISION!” Once he started to have a friendship with Bella, I started getting interested again. His stalkerish behavior was not offensive to me at all and sometimes made me swoon, but I just couldn’t get over how he always knew what was better for Bella and never asked what she wanted or needed. He would just assume everything and make her go along with it. He was also constantly victimizing himself and that was so not attractive to me.
I also really could not stand the fact he was planning on leaving her the entire time. I just thought it was in New Moon where he decided to leave her, but no, it was their entire relationship! Who wants to be with someone who is constantly thinking of abandoning them? Poor Bella because she had no idea!!
When I read the original series, I had my tug of war with Bella, but through Edward’s eyes, I actually got to know Bella a lot better and actually made my peace with her. Through her perspective she just seems as though she is a shell of a person whose only purpose is to make Edward happy. But through Edward’s constant observations and questions, we see that Bella is actually a full human with individual thoughts and likes. We also see such a compassion for people and an unselfishness that I never saw before. Another element I really liked about the book is that we got to view more of the bromance between Emmett and Edward. I just loved their relationship so much and I wanted to see more of it.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the book, but it didn’t meet all my expectations.
My Book Rating
3/5 Book World
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on August 4, 2020
Copy Read: Ebook on Kindle